WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
chin /tʃɪn/USA pronunciation   n., v., chinned, chin•ning. 

n. [countable]
  • the lowest part of the face, below the mouth:He cut his chin shaving.

  • v. 
  • [+ oneself ( + up)] to grasp an overhead bar and pull (oneself) upward until the chin is above or level with the bar.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomskeep one's chin up, to maintain one's courage.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    chin  (chin), 
    n., v., chinned, chin•ning. 

  • the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
  • the prominence of the lower jaw.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]chin-up.
  • Idiomskeep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc. Also,chin up. 
  • take it on the chin, [Informal.]
    • to suffer defeat;
      fail completely.
    • to endure suffering or punishment.

    v.t.  [Gymnastics.]
    • to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
    • to raise (oneself ) to this position.
  • to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
  • [Archaic.]to talk to;
    chatter with.

  • v.i. 
  • Sport[Gymnastics.]to chin oneself.
  • Slang Terms[Slang.]to talk;
    chatter:We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
  • Etymology:bef. 1000;
    Middle English;
    Old English cin(n);
    cognate with Dutch kin, German Kinn chin, Old Norse kinn, Gothic kinnus cheek, Latin gena, Greek génus chin, gnáthos jaw (see genial2, -gnathous), Sanskrit hanus jaw
    chinless, adj. 

    Chin  (jin), 
  • Ancient History, World HistoryAlso,Tsin. any of three dynasties that ruled in China, a.d. 265–316 (the Western Chin), a.d. 317–420 (the Eastern Chin), and a.d. 936–46 (the Later Chin).
  • Ancient History, World Historya dynasty that ruled in China 1115–1234.
  • Also,Jin. 
    ch'in  (chin; Chin. chēn), 

      Music and Dancea Chinese zither consisting of an oblong, slightly curved wooden box over which are stretched strings that are stopped with one hand and plucked with the other.
    Etymology: Chinese (Wade-Giles) ch'in2, (Pinyin) qín

    Ch'in  (chin; Chin. chēn), 

      Ancient History, World Historya dynasty in ancient China, 221–206 b.c., marked by the emergence of a unified empire and the construction of much of the Great Wall of China.
  • China.
  • Chinese.
  • Also,Chin 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    chin /tʃɪn/ n
    1. the protruding part of the lower jaw
    2. the front part of the face below the lips
    3. keep one's chin upto keep cheerful under difficult circumstances
      Sometimes shortened to: chin up!
    4. take it on the chininformal to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc
    vb (chins, chinning, chinned)
    1. to raise one's chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
    Etymology: Old English cinn; related to Old Norse kinn, Old High German kinni, Latin gena cheek, Old Irish gin mouth, Sanskrit hanu

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